Penn State Basketball: Nittany Lions Become First Big Ten Road Win for Rutgers

Penn State struggled mightily Saturday and fell victim to the Rutgers Scarlet Knights. 

Head coach Patrick Chambers can’t be happy with Penn State’s performance on Saturday. In front of a striped-out Bryce Jordan Center, the Nittany Lions struggled the entire day and ultimately lost 70-68 against Rutgers. The win for the Scarlet Knights was just their fifth win in the Big Ten since becoming a member and their first-ever Big Ten road win.

Penn State took an early 6-5 lead, but unfortunately, it was the only lead the Nittany Lions would have all day.

The Nittany Lions found themselves down double-digits midway through the second half, but were able to claw all the way back. Josh Reaves hit a three-pointer with 11 seconds left to cut the lead to one, but that was it.

Despite the outcome, Shep Garner had a great day for the Nittany Lions. He poured in 24 points and made six of his nine three-point attempts. Freshman guard Tony Carr recorded seventeen points, while fellow freshman Mike Watkins had a team-high eight rebounds.

Rutgers got a monster day from Corey Sanders. The sophomore guard scored 25 points and pulled down six rebounds.

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With the loss, Penn State dropped to 12-12 on the season and 4-7 in the Big Ten. The Nittany Lions will next take the court on Tuesday for a tough home tilt with No. 17 Maryland.

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